The Goal of a Psychoeducational Assessment is to:

  • Better understand a client’s strengths and challenges
  • Determine the reasons why they may be experiencing difficulties (including mental health screening, ADHD, etc)
  • Consider what supports would best help a client function effectively within their everyday settings.
  • Provide recommended adaptations to support post-secondary learning.

A Typical Post-Secondary Assessment in this Practice Includes:

  • Client interview to collect relevant developmental and school history
  • Review of school information, report cards, and previous assessments (if applicable).
  • Cognitive measure or IQ test (WAIS-IV)
  • Measure of Academic Achievement to help determine reading, writing and math skills (WIAT-3)
  • Additional formal and informal tests might also be used to determine academic skills (e.g., phonological processing, other measures of writing/spelling ability).
  • Measure of visual-motor coordination
  • Measures of attention and executive functioning (if necessary)
  • A meeting to review the assessment results

A Comprehensive Assessment Can be Completed in Two Visits

A typical post-secondary assessment can be completed in 5-6 hours, which we typically divide into two 3-hour visits.

You will Receive a Comprehensive Report

A comprehensive report that details information collected throughout the assessment will be provided. A diagnosis will be also be provided, if applicable. Reports will include programming suggestions tailored to the individual’s cognitive/learning profile. Accommodations and supports will be detailed to share with your post-secondary institution.

Some Assessment Fees Could be Covered

University students are encouraged to check their school health plans as many plans cover expenses for assessment. Please seek out further information about how to apply through the Accessibility Services office at your local university (see links below).

Post-secondary students with a Learning Disability diagnosis might be eligible to have some assessment fees reimbursed through the Canada Student Grant. Please see the following link for additional information regarding accessibility services that are available to students in Nova Scotia:

https://novascotia.ca/post-secondary-accessibility-services/

Additional Information Regarding Local Accessibility Services

Nova Scotia Community College
https://www.nscc.ca/services/accessibility-services.asp

Mount Saint Vincent University
https://www.msvu.ca/campus-life/accessibility-services/

Saint Mary’s University
https://smu.ca/campus-life/fred-smithers-centre.html

Dalhousie University
https://www.dal.ca/campus_life/academic-support/accessibility.html

Acadia University
https://www2.acadiau.ca/student-life/accessiblelearning.html

Assessment Fees

Fees for assessment are charged at a standard rate of $190 per clinical hour – an amount within the range recommended by the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia. Fees for assessment include interviews, testing, scoring, report writing, and feedback – a standard practice among psychologists in this province.

At Spirit Psychological, we are pleased to offer a fixed rate for students receiving student loans to attend university or community college. Please let us know your student loan status when querying about an assessment.

At Spirit, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide follow-up, skill-focused time to each client outside of the cost of the assessment to help with issues of self-advocacy, self-education and acceptance of their personal learning needs and strengths. We believe that this type of follow-up enhances the long-term effects of an assessment by communicating findings practically and realistic in our client’s every day, challenging situations.

At Spirit, it is our inherent goal to provide the most comfortable, comprehensive and supportive assessment, consultation and counselling services possible. We also believe in fostering a clear awareness and understanding of the purpose, course and outcome of services with each client, regardless of their age or situation.

If you have further questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to connect with us via phone or e-mail.